The Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari has asked Atiku Abubakar, the 2019 Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition party, to allow the court to determine the merits or otherwise of his petition against the President.
Africa News24 (AN24) reports that the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government made this statement in reaction to Abubakar’s billboards and posters titled “The Pukka’’ which was seen in Abuja and Adamawa State, the home country of the vice-president.
Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture made this known at a media briefing in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital on Thursday.
The minister said it was wrong for Abubakar to resort to self-help in his desire to claim victory in the election.
His words: “The appearance of these posters coincides with the media report that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has hired a US lobbying firm to convince the United States not to recognise the re-election of President Buhari until the Supreme Court has ruled on the suit by the PDP presidential candidate,” the minister said.
This online news platform, however, reports that the statement of the minister is coming after Abubakar had disowned campaign posters in a statement issued by his media adviser, Paul Ibe, on Wednesday.
“Our attention has been drawn to posters of Abubakar, Presidential candidate of PDP in the 2019 election being circulated in Abuja,’’ Ibe had said.
“We dissociate the former Vice President of Nigeria from the said posters in circulation. The campaign season is over. The tainted electoral victory by the incumbent is being challenged in court.
“We refuse to be distracted, which is exactly the objective of our opponents, but to remain focused on diligently pursuing our election petition with a view to retrieving the stolen mandate,” the statement added.